The Paznaun valley, usually just Paznaun, is a 40 kilometre side valley to the Stanzer valley and branches off from this in Pians. The V-shaped valley extends to Bieler Höhe where it borders onto Vorarlberg federal state. It extends from 900 to 1,800 metres above sea level. The valley is drained by the Trisanna river and surrounded by the Verwall and Samnaun Group and the Silvretta mountains. The highest peak in Paznaun is the 3,399 metre Fluchthorn.
The region around Ischgl and Galtür, the Upper Paznaun, was populated by the Romansch people from Engadine in the 9th century and was just used as grazing land to start with. The Lower Paznaun, that’s the area around Kappl and See, was occupied on the other hand by the spread from Serfaus and Fiss. The valley was mentioned for the first time in a document as Baschenowe in 1275 and has been called Paznaun since about 1400. Tourism is the inhabitants’ main source of income today.
The town of See originated around 1400. It is the first town in the Paznaun valley and has 1,219 inhabitants today at an altitude of 1,056 metres above sea level. Although See also lives from tourism, it is quite a bit quieter here than in nearby Ischgl.
See is of course most convenient to reach by car. Coming from Germany, you take the A7 motorway to the end and then continue over the toll-free Fernpass road to Imst. You follow the signs to Landeck there, take the A12 toll motorway or alternatively the B 171. As you leave Landeck, the B 188 then branches off into the Paznaun valley.
If travelling via Munich, you follow the A8 first to Rosenheim and then cross the border on the A 93 near Kiefersfelden. From here you take the A 12 toll motorway past Landeck where you then take the B171 to See via Ischgl.
By train it’s most convenient to travel as far as Landeck where all the fast trains also stop. From there, you can get to the Weisses Lamm hotel in about 20 minutes by public bus or taxi.
The nearest airport is in Innsbruck Kranebitten. It is about 85 kilometres away from the hotel and can be reached in an hour by taxi.
More information about travelling to Paznaun.
Winter tyres are mandatory in Austria from 1 November to 15 April in wintry driving conditions. In the event of heavy snowfalls, mandatory snow chains can also be announced at short notice which is why it is recommended that you have snow chains with you.
See is approximately 180 kilometres away from Munich and you reach your destination from Stuttgart in 310 km. Frankfurt am Main is 510 km away from us and it’s about 730 km to reach your holiday destination from Düsseldorf. 760 km separate Berlin and Paznaun and it’s 920 km from Hamburg to See. Vienna is 560 km away from us and it’s 220 km to Zurich.
Of course there’s a skiing area here, See is well-known and popular with guests and locals as a family skiing area. You glide up the mountain quickly and in comfort by gondola directly from the town and are on your skis just a few minutes later.
41 kilometres of moderate and easy slopes and 9 lifts are available to skiers and snowboarders here. The lifts take you up to 2,500 metres and with the new Versingbahn beautiful powder snow slopes have been opened up that were only accessible to ski tourers before.
Paznaun valley is actually know as being a region with reliable snow, in particular as the skiing area extends up to 2,500 metres. But if the winter doesn’t really get going until a bit later on, it’s good to know that all the slopes in See have snow-making facilities.
See is of course not the only skiing area in this corner of Tyrol. The most well-known ski resort is undoubtedly Ischgl Samnaun, which is always one of the first areas to open the season and is open until the start of May. At the end of the valley, the Silvretta Galtür ski resort is well worth a visit and the skiing area of Kappl between Ischgl and See that is rapidly becoming a meeting point for freeriders.
The Medrigjochbahn in See also takes you from the valley up to 1,800 metres in the summer, opening up a wonderful hiking terrain to you in Lower Paznaun. There are also several gondolas and lifts open in Ischgl.
The ski resort of Ischgl can be reached by car from See in less than 20 minutes. There is of course a bus connection too that takes you to and back again from Ischgl free of charge with a valid ski pass.
Ischgl ski resort particularly stands out due to its size and reliable snow. 45 modern cable cars transport up to 93,000 skiers per hour up to the top where 238 kilometres of slopes then await you. Endless skiing fun awaits you here thanks to the merger with Samnaun. 1,100 snow cannons help out if there should happen to be a lack of natural snow, thus guaranteeing skiing from November to the start of May.
Here in Paznaun, there is a Central Alpine high valley climate. This means, the climate is rather raw but in turn rich in sunshine as a result of the altitude and well-protected from the heavy precipitation of depressions thanks to its location. You can find the latest weather report for Paznaun here as well as a view of Ischgl through the webcam.
Paznaun is a strong tourist region and therefore offers accommodation for all tastes and every budget. Regardless of which accommodation you prefer on holiday, Paznaun has just the right thing for you. From simple rooms with a private landlord to a holiday apartment and different hotels in all categories through to luxury hotels, everything is available for you.
There’s always something going on in the Paznaun valley, even in the summer. At the end of the day, the mountains are here all year round, inviting you to climb them. As the cable cars also run in the summer, hiking is noticeably much easier as a result. A number of mountain farms and inns can be reached on well-kept hiking trails and tempt you with typical local specialities. There is also a signposted network of trails for mountain bikers here and even the gondolas take bikers.
Climbers will find a large natural playground for their hobby here and can go wild in all levels of difficulty. All fans of outdoor sports get their money’s worth here and can try out everything from rafting to canyoning and high-rope courses.
In winter you experience après-ski with Tyrolean hospitality in See and there are many bars and restaurants all year round that want to make your stay something really special. A lively night life with several clubs and discos also awaits you in Ischgl that can also hold its own by international comparison.
There are several supermarkets in See where you can purchase all the everyday items you need. There is also a village dairy and farm shop in See that indulge you with local delicacies.
If you should really require medical assistance, it’s good to know that there is a local general practitioner in See who also runs a chemist’s.